Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday inducted Urban Vidyut Abhiyantas to monitor the implementation of the Integrated Power Development Scheme.
The Minister said the UVAs will take the work on a mission mode, similar to the Grameen Vidyut Abhiyantas deputed for the Deen Dayal Upadhyay
Gram Jyoti Yojana.
Goyal further said they will upload their reports on the implementation of the scheme on the URJA mobile application of the Ministry of Power in an effort to increase transparency. Some of the UVAs will be inducted in the State power distribution companies. These UVAs have an experience of 3-15 years in project management/distribution franchisee/infrastructure sector. The IPDS is part of the Ministry of Power’s efforts to ensure 24×7 electricity availability to all by 2022 and has a total outlay of ₹ 65,424 crore.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Power also announced on Thursday that the National Smart Grid Mission, along with USAID, has launched the first in a series of training programmes to develop skills of utility personnel to develop a smart grid infrastructure.
Vishal Kapoor, Director-Distribution, Ministry of Power, said: “India expects to provide 24×7 quality power to all its people. The power generated will comprise a large share of renewable energy. “Managing renewable and conventional energy calls for a grid that is smart and capable of providing electricity to the remote corners of the country.”